|Watching television, including educational DVDs specifically aimed at babies, does not help their development.
In fact, the research from the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, found that watching TV can actually slow communication and lead to hyperactivity in later life.
Parents have been advised to limit the amount of TV their children watch under the age of two.
The research found that as many as nine in ten babies under the age of two watch TV regularly, while some spend as much as 40 per cent of their waking hours in front of the TV.
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